Prescot primary teacher Patricia Holden retires after 38 years in the same school.
The first person in Knowsley to get the Government’s Excellent Teacher status is retiring after four decades in the same school.
Patricia Holden, from Huyton, has taught around 1500 children in 38 years at Prescot Primary in Maryville Road.
The 60 year old has taught all ages and was twice described by Ofsted inspectors as “more than outstanding”.
“She has passion, drive and relentless energy,” said Catherine Fairhurst, head teacher at Prescot Primary.
“She’s a natural, but also very hardworking. There’s never been a day when she hasn’t given 100 per cent.
“She believes in every child and their ability to achieve. But adults can learn from her as well – she’s such a good role model and very good at developing other people’s skills.”
Patricia started teaching at Prescot in 1973, one year before the borough of Knowsley was created.
“It was Division 16 Lancashire in those days,” said Patricia.
“I was teaching when Knowsley was formed so no-one can claim they have taught here longer than me!
“It doesn’t feel real to be leaving – I’ll really miss the children and the staff. We’re like a family.”
Patricia is also hoping to continue her life long interest in history in retirement.
She said: “When my brother was ill recently, I realised there’s still a lot of other things I want to do with my life.
“I’d like to go to night school, have holidays and spend more time with my brother.
“But I’ll always come back to visit – after 38 years here I won’t be able to stay away.”